Slope Rebels was set up by a select group of members who are passionate about radio control soaring. Sloping makes up the largest part of our flying, along with flat field and electric flight and we are based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. All the places we fly are public, and we have no field to rent and therefore there is no fee for joining the Slope Rebels. Membership is based on mutual respect and a shared passion for flying.
We encourage fliers with similar views to share their experiences and love of anything that flies.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Team Monkey: Flying the Swinger 48

So, it all came together on Saturday.....
We had seven Swinger 48's up and had a ball!!!!

Team Swinger: South Africa from Johann Lochner on Vimeo.
Team Swinger: South Africa from Johann Lochner on Vimeo.
Our thanks to Team Monkey UK for the design and support.
Camera work done by Brad and Alain....
And to Vic for his patience,dedication and skill in supporting the Rebels when they don't know what they are doing....
Morne, Vic, Markus, Sean, Johann & Daron.... Donald was a bit late and missed the group photo, but his plane made it!!!

Markus's Swinger

Vic about to launch...
Donald doing his thing!

Sean's Swinger in it's day-glo colour scheme
Daron's Swinger... He says it flys like a kite!!!

Johann's Swinger moving out!!!

Morne's STURDY correx Swinger!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wasabi: Total Acrobat Build (Part 1)

The Wasabi is a molded slope soared designed for "Total" aerobatics. It is the fruit of the team work between French acrobat master Jérome Bobin, airfoil designer Thierry Platon and Flybiwo.
The Wasabi has powerful but precise roll and camber control as well as an impressive speed range.Wingspan: 1500mm
Wing area: 26dm2
Aspect ratio: 8,6
Stab area: 5dm2
Length: 980mm
Wing section sym 9%
Tail section: sym 7%
Weight: 1100g
Wing loading: 42g / dm2
Foam marked and ready for shaping.....

Plug sprayed with 3M77 and all
dressed up!

Plug wet out and in the vacuum bag.

Wing roots aligned
Vic fitting the built up wing to the plug for a double check!
Bench flying!!!!
Now the work on the mould starts.....

Waiting for the wind.....

Another day at the slope....

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Vemeo Video: Cranking it Up

In future, I'll post the videos in Vemeo format with a slightly larger screen and will be downloadable!
So here is a test.....

Cranking it Up from Johann Lochner on Vimeo.

Cranking it Up

On Saturday afternoon we headed for the Rebel playground.... yes the Slipper!
Maitlands, a nominal distance of 10km as the crow flies had absolutely.....NO WIND! We had a ball!!!

Bogey attack....
Brad and Daron

The Toko doing it's thing! What a pleasure to fly!

And we think planes are fast.... This Bogey would not leave us alone.

Brad's new plane

Maiden launch!!!

And we have to carry all these planes to the ridge... Keeps us fit!

The view makes it all worth it!

Daron's Jart. Still a wonderful plane to fly and the landings keep you on your toes!!

Video: Cranking it Up

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Mig 7 Story "Hermanus"

We all rushed our Correx MiG seven builds!!! We had Team MiG jackets made! We even competed on selected colour schemes..... and it never happened!

The 700km odd trip to Hermanus ended up with the weather letting us down badly!!
This video happened later and at best only got 5 up at the same time...

Mixing it up from Johann Lochner on Vimeo.

The wind blew in the wrong direction on both days!!
The Team MiG photo does not reflect all the members as.... SOME... Slope Rebels abandoned the slopes and headed home earlier!

The Wednesday night build group
Alain's MiG.. .Where is it! Why are we still waiting???
Mike did a fantastic colour scheme on his plane.
Sean with one of his earlier models. Vic Hoxley was going to pilot it in Hermanus!
Shawn Ruth with his
colour scheme. The rumor is that it needs some fixing..... And he can't even blame Ashley!(His son)
Sean's latest MiG 7 doing it's rounds
Daron's MiG sporting it's colours
Morne's MiG surprised us all when it made an appearance... Perhaps the "Stang" never recovered after colliding with the Red Bull MiG?????

Gavin with the "repaired Red Bull MiG
Marcus and his lethal looking MiG 7

Mig 7 "Mixing it up"

The Mig 7 Story!
Team Mig 7